The Expert Group will work in two formations: a Product Liability Directive formation managed by DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW) and a New Technologies formation managed by DG GROW, DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CNECT) and DG Justice and Consumers (JUST).
European consumer authorities announced that Volkswagen committed to continue and speed up the repair, free of charge, of the remaining cars affected by the Dieselgate in 2018. This is a result from their joint letter sent last September to the CEO of Volkswagen, urging the group to swiftly repair all affected cars.
The WP29 established a taskforce on the UBER data breach case. This taskforce, led by the Dutch DPA, will be composed at this stage of representatives from the French, Italian, Spanish, Belgian and German DPAs as well as from the ICO and will coordinate the national investigations on this important issue.
Source: European Commission (JUST)
On 14 June 2017 the European Consumer Consultative Group (ECCG) adopted an Opinion that reflects their general assessment of the ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ package. The ECCG took into account current problems faced by energy consumers in different EU countries, having assessed the overall impact that the new provisions could have on energy consumers. The opinion gives an overview of the necessary tools that could help solve basic consumer problems, for example through designing consumer-friendly offers, contracts and bills, ensuring that consumers get a better deal through online comparison tools and making switching easier. It acknowledges the extra help required by energy-poor consumers. It calls for action to ensure consumers enjoy the benefits of energy efficiency, that the low carbon energy transition is affordable for consumers and that all consumers are given the option to be active.
Letter from the Chair of the Article 29 Working Party to Commissioner Věra Jourová.
“The Article 29 Working Party (WP29), at the June plenary meeting, examined certain critical matters with regards to the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and of the Privacy Shield and adopted documents on other issues.”